Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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As stovetops and ovens prepare to go into overdrive with the holidays approaching, local public safety officials urged caution in the kitchen. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, cooking fire incidents spike during Thanksgiving and Christmastime. Woodbury firefighter and EMS worker Russ Hawkinson said the department has responded to six such fires over the past two years. He said the best precaution cooks can take is to be mindful of their surroundings.
A north metro man accused in numerous Twin Cities fraud cases was charged in Washington County after allegedly attempting to dupe a Woodbury business owner. John Berken Jr., 43, makes his initial court appearance Dec.
A Hastings man returns to court this month after being accused of stealing electronics at Woodbury's two Target stores. Eric Eide, 32, was charged in Washington County court with one count of aiding and abetting theft, a felony. He was released from jail Nov.
By Mike Longaecker firstname.lastname@example.org A Maplewood woman accused of stealing gasoline at a Woodbury gas station ended up having to pay, after all. Thirty four-year-old Angela V. Johnson was sentenced Nov. 3 to eight days in jail and five years on probation after pleading guilty to a felony drug charge earlier this year.
Six days after being stopped with a carful of stolen goods, two alleged thieves were back at it again in Woodbury, Washington County prosecutors allege. Their second effort yielded the same result: they were caught by police. The suspects, Lake Elmo resident Tyler Peltier and Jacqueline Drake, of Stillwater, are due in court this month and in December on multiple aiding and abetting charges, including theft and possession of stolen property - all felonies. The charges stemmed from a mix of car theft and purse-snatching reports. According to criminal complaints filed against Peltier and Dra
CenterPoint Energy received numerous calls just after 10 a.m. today reporting the smell of natural gas originating in Andover. Rebecca Virden, a company spokeswoman, said the release - which triggered an emergency response plan - was the result of crews performing preventative maintenance and repair at an Andover station. An earlier version of this story reported the smell was also detected in Oakdale -- a report Virden said was miscommunicated due to "confusing" Twitter posts.
It's the mother of all golden birthdays, and a Woodbury boy gets to experience it this week. On Friday, Corey Nagle celebrates his 11th birthday. In case you had missed it, Friday falls on Nov. 11.
The horror is still fresh for one Woodbury woman. While on a Mexican vacation in 2008, she received word that the house she and her family live in had been burglarized. They returned from the trip to find virtually everything of value in their house gone. Jewelry. Electronics. Cash. The family car. Thousands upon thousands of dollars' worth of property had been taken. "There was no end to the list," said the woman, who asked that only her first name, Kusum, be used.
The three incumbents vying for District 833 School Board cruised to comfortable victories Tuesday night. School Board members Ron Kath of Cottage Grove, Jim Gelbmann of Woodbury, and Leslee Boyd of Woodbury were the top three vote getters in the seven-way race for three seats. Kath led all candidates with 2,127 votes. He was followed by Gelbmann, who collected 2,036 votes. Boyd claimed the final seat with 1,964 votes. They outpaced St. Paul Park's Katie Schwartz (1,501) and Joe Ryan of Woodbury (1,471).
It took an off-duty Wisconsin state trooper to apprehend a Twin Cities teenager who stormed out of the Woodbury Walmart with a stolen television, then swiped a knife at a store employee attempting to stop her. Those are the allegations spelled out by Washington County prosecutors in a juvenile petition filed against 17-year-old Elizabeth Thurber of Burnsville. She faces one count of second-degree felony assault, one count of misdemeanor theft and one count of fifth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. She pleaded not guilty to the charges Oct.